Book Review: The House of the Scorpion

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By Bailey Sherrell

The book, The House of the Scorpion, is a young adult, science fiction novel written by Nancy Farmer. While reading this book, I was surprised by how captivating it could be. This story features a young boy who discovers he is not exactly normal. On Matteo’s (Matt for short) journey, he struggles to find his identity and survive as a free individual. I noticed little mistakes in the story and was confused at times, but overall,  I thought the book was very well written and true to its genre.

Even with this story’s charm, it has never picked up popularity like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, or even The 5th Wave. When it was published in 2002 by Atheneum Books, it won the National Book award for Young People Literature and was named a Newberry Honor Book and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. A second book, The Lord of Opium, is even less popular than the first book .  Why have more people not read the book? Does it look or sound uninteresting? Was it published at the wrong time? To me the book was an interesting novel and good read. If you like reading science fiction, I recommend this book to you.

    

    

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